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A sensible appeal for Obamacare repealRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Greg Morris
Sen. Dan Coats makes the best case yet for killing health care reform in its current form and taking another stab at it.
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MAURER: Community leadership is legitimate source of civic prideRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Unlike public safety and education, this is a city asset we have in abundance.
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MORRIS: Want diversity of opinion? Find it hereRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Greg Morris
Forefront gives you a wide range of opinions in a tidy package.
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MAURER: Public education, another lost source of civic prideRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Mickey Maurer
What if we had a public school system the entire city could be proud of?
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MORRIS: WGU Indiana steps up to provide higher ed for HoosiersRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Greg Morris
The online university offers an affordable opportunity for post-secondary education as opportunities decline for those who never went beyond high school.
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MAURER: Tie civic pride to achievement beyond sportsRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
Mickey Maurer
How proud would we be if Indianapolis was the safest city in the United States?
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MORRIS: Improving customer experience is a full-time jobRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Greg Morris
Successful companies never stop looking for a better way to conduct business.
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MAURER: Marriage equality going mainstreamRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Mickey Maurer
When will Indiana become known as a state that welcomes all regardless of sexual orientation?
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MORRIS: I’m from the government, and I’m here to helpRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Greg Morris
Obama's troubles might save us from his heavy-handed, second-term agenda.
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MORRIS: Home-selling process isn’t for sissies

May 4, 2013
Greg Morris
When was the last time you sold your home? Was it a smooth and pleasant experience?
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BIRGE: Building a state of innovationRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Jim Birge
Are entrepreneurs born or made? As a corporate finance attorney who spends most of his waking hours with leaders of high-growth businesses, I’ve observed that entrepreneurs have certain shared traits: ambition, dynamism, curiosity and confidence.
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MAURER: Reuben didn’t forget when Rivi turned him awayRestricted Content

April 27, 2013
Mickey Maurer
My friend settled an old score with the once-racist swim club, but scars remain more than 50 years later.
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MORRIS: Under-the-radar group builds successRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
The Indiana chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth held its annual Corporate Value Awards dinner April 18. Three companies were recognized for their success: Mainstreet Property Group, Grammer Industries and the Braun Corp.
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MAURER: A prostate cancer treatment worth consideringRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Get a second opinion, then head to Seattle.
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MORRIS: Celebrate city’s philanthropy scene

April 6, 2013
Good things are happening in the philanthropic community.
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MAURER: Want money? Have an idea and a planRestricted Content

March 28, 2013
Mickey Maurer
I have a favorite excuse for failure in business: “It takes money to make money.”
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MORRIS: Looking back, things never looked so goodRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Greg Morris
I’ve been feeling a bit reflective lately as I just completed 22 years at IBJ a few weeks ago.
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MAURER: Prepare for great new Knight bookRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., in his shareholder letter of March 1, 2013, took a page out of Bob Knight’s new book “The Power of Negative Thinking,” a twist on the best-selling treatise of yore by Norman Vincent Peale.
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MORRIS: After long winter, thinking of parks and how we fund them

March 9, 2013
Greg Morris
I know we had snow last week, but spring is almost here. Daylight saving time is just kicking in. We’ve been cooped up much of this winter, and it feels like it’s way past time to get up, get outside and MOVE! That means we’re about to see more people outside taking advantage of our parks and greenways, something that far too many of us take for granted.
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MAURER: Big Q's lofty mission didn't involve flyingRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Mickey Maurer
Quentin Paige Smith died in January at age 94. If you didn’t know the Big Q, you missed a hell of a man—his own man—unbowed by the evil racism of the pre-Civil Rights era. I wrote his biography for my book “19 Stars of Indiana—Exceptional Hoosier Men,” and now I can tell you the rest of that story.
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MORRIS: Run for your lives—sequestration is upon us

February 23, 2013
Greg Morris
This is a very scary week. I hope everyone has received that message loud and clear. The great sequester deadline has arrived. March 1 is only a few days away. Not since last year’s end of the Mayan calendar has there been such focus on a date that could preclude the end of days.
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MAURER: One politician getting a second chanceRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Mickey Maurer
That irrepressible Mel Reynolds is running again. Janie and I were just laughing with Rose and Bill Mays about being duped when we rallied our respective communities for an “Oreo” fundraiser on Reynolds’ behalf two decades ago.
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MORRIS: Post office is cutting back, but IBJ isn’t

February 9, 2013
Greg Morris
You’ve seen the news coverage. Starting in August, the United States Postal Service will discontinue Saturday mail delivery. Forget the bills. Forget the junk mail. Who cares if you have to wait until Monday to get those items? In fact, studies have shown that seven out of 10 Americans are fine with eliminating Saturday mail delivery.
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MAURER: Deli delightRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Mickey Maurer
I am proud to relate that Pawel Fludzinski, Ph.D. recently published his first crossword puzzle in The New York Times. Pawel has worked at Eli Lilly and Co. for more than 28 years with the last 20 years being in executive level leadership positions. He has a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry, but never mind that: He shares with me a love for construction of crossword puzzles.
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MORRIS: Finally, a new tax I can support

January 26, 2013
Greg Morris
I wrote a column recently complaining about all the new taxes bestowed on us this new calendar year. It was a lengthy list. So, I don't want to sound contradictory when I tell you now that I want central Indiana residents to support a modest tax increase in the future to expand mass transit.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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